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1956

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2017

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Drawing, Roofline Concept, 1956

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Pete Wozena and from the office of General Motors. It is dated 1956 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is color pencil, brush and gouache on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This roofline concept drawing by Pete Wozena demonstrates one of the designer’s many experiments with this distinguishing feature of an automobile’s silhouette. Abundant windows, particularly at the rear windshield, would have allowed for panoramic views, and the gentle downward slope of the fastback design creates a sporty feel. Wozena echoes the roofline form in the sloping design of the detailing on the side of the automobile’s body, producing a cohesive look. Wozena went on to design the popular roofline of 1964–72 Vista-Cruiser Buick and Oldsmobile station wagons.

This object was purchased from Leo Brereton and agent: Hampton Wayt and purchased with funds from: Paul Herzan and fund: General Acquisitions Endowment and catalogued by Julia Pastor. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Paul Herzan and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

  • Drawing, Concept Car, 1953
  • color pencil, graphite on paper.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Paul Herzan and from General Acquisitions....
  • 2017-18-6

Its dimensions are

35.6 × 43.2 cm (14 × 17 in.)

It is signed

Signed in black color pencil, lower right: WOZENA / 11 - 1956

Cite this object as

Drawing, Roofline Concept, 1956; Designed by Pete Wozena (American, 1918 - 2006); color pencil, brush and gouache on paper; 35.6 × 43.2 cm (14 × 17 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Paul Herzan and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2017-18-7

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